Student Stories on the Great Pyramid of Giza - The Pyramids of Giza by Kara Rutledge and Aaron Anderson

Here is the Great Pyramid of Giza in all its glory.

The Great Pyramid of Giza, in Egypt, was built in 2550 B.C. It took over 30 years to complete the great pyramids.

The smallest one of all three pyramids, in the Giza complex, is believed to be built by Khufu’s son Khafre. It is also believed that Khafre’s son, Menkaure, is in the smallest pyramid that his father built. In addition, there were cemeteries of the royal attendants by the smallest pyramid.

The other seven wonders of the ancient world have all been destroyed by certain causes such as nature and by a fire, but the great pyramid still stands to this day. The pyramid that Khufu built is believed to have taken ten years just to build the ramp to the pyramid and took twenty years to build the actual pyramid itself.

At an estimated weight, of most blocks to build Khufu’s pyramid, each block weighed about 2.5 tons. To add onto that, the blocks used to build the ceiling of his burial chamber weighed about 9 tons.

The tallest pyramid has an estimated height of 450 feet and it is 755 feet long. Also from bottom to top, the largest pyramid was made up of 2,300,000 blocks. 

For thousands of years, the great pyramid of Giza was the tallest building in the world. It was replaced as the tallest building when the Lincoln Cathedral was built, in the 14th century, in England.

How did the ancient Egyptians move the massive stones used to build the pyramids? How did they get them from quarries both nearby and as far away as 500 miles? These questions have long been debated, but many Egyptologists agree the stones were hauled up ramps using ropes of papyrus twine. The Nile River was used as a supply transport for materials and building tools.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the greatest buildings of the ancient age, and the pyramid is still a wonder of this world. The amazing building only took about 20 years to build. All the back-breaking work has paid off with the wonderful building you know today as the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Original Release: May 22, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Sep 01, 2017

1) Aaron Strong, Pyramids, pbs.org, May/24/2017, May/24/2017, http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/explore/gizahistory.html

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